My Academic Journey

My academic journey began at the end of my law studies on the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain. I was assistant to the late Professor Paul Rousseau, who taught political economics including the international monetary system, emerging markets and financial institutions. Ultimately, these areas (more specifically U.S. pension funds), became the focus of my thesis for my Bachelor in Economics under the sponsorship of the late Professor Alexandre Lamfalussy.

While at Morgan Stanley, I taught a class on international capital markets at the College of Europe in Bruges. At Harvard Law School, I was welcomed by Professor Hall as part of the Program of International Financial Systems as a special adviser. This marked the beginning of the changes in US regulation on financial institutions and was a fascinating time.

In 2011, under the sponsorship of Professor John Coffee, I began teaching at Columbia Law School, as Lecturer in Law, European Banking and Finance. The program includes a combination of foreign lawyers receiving Law Master Degrees and domestic lawyers receiving a Juris Doctor degree. Every year, I have the privilege of working with a fascinating group of talented students from all over the world who are looking to understand how European regulation is unfolding and the forces shaping international finance. Additionally, I have recently begun teaching a Central Banking class in the form of a reading group.

In 2017, I began teaching as a visiting professor at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. I serve on the advisory board of the Emerging Market Institute of Cornell University and am a member of the Board of Directors of Polyfinances – an initiative of Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada.

L8138 S. International Banking and Finance: The Challenges

Section 001, Spring 2022

A global pandemic. Soaring sovereign debt. Huge budget deficits. Credit problems. Equity markets crashing and rebounding. In just two years, risks associated with financial markets have exploded, provoking a massive dislocation of assets and liabilities across the private and public sectors and threatening financial stability in both advanced and emerging economies. And despite some optimism (e.g., improving COVID-19 conditions), massive stimulus actions and quantitative easing by central banks continue. Read More

L8492 Reading Group: Central Banks at the Crossroads

Section 001, Spring 2022

The years 2020-2021 will remain in this history of central banking as a milestone in the transformation of central banking: with over $10 trillion ($3 trillion for the Federal Reserve) to avoid a systemic liquidity crisis, a new model of central banking is emerging. More than ever the question of the legitimacy of central banking is raised and substantial issues deserve a closer examination. This reading group will address the behavior of the world’s main central banks: Federal Reserve, Peoples Bank of China, European Central Bank, Bank of England and the Bank of Japan. Read More

Georges is a member of Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute Advisory Group.

Founded in 2010, Cornell’s Emerging Markets Institute at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management provides thought leadership on the role of emerging markets—and emerging market multinationals—in the global economy. The Institute brings together preeminent practitioners and academics from around the world to develop the next generation of global business leaders and create the premier research center on the role of emerging markets in the global economy.

Georges is on the Board of Directors at PolyFinances.

Since its creation in 2011, PolyFinances has helped to train a new generation of engineers. Highly qualified technically, the 17 members of the committee will also be able to understand the financial stakes of a project as well as to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a technological company taking into account its economic and commercial environment.